To those who normally watch WWE's NXT, the company is planning a major revamping of the program beginning next week.
While wrestlers from the WWE developmental program, Florida Championship Wrestling, will still be incorporated into the show's format, PWTorch is reporting that the WWE will now film episodes of NXT entirely in Florida at Full Sail University in Winter Park.
The first recording of NXT in Full Sail will take place on Thursday, May 17, with the college advertising the event under a "Superstar Smackdown" theme where Triple H and a number of other WWE stars on the main roster will be at the event. Episodes of NXT will be filmed every other week from the college.
Signs of this move were apparent since last month when Titus O'Neal and Darren Young were moved to the Smackdown roster and left Derrick Bateman as the only "Rookie" remaining on NXT.
This change does help lighten the WWE's load in a number of areas.
It saves the company expenses from having to fly any of their developmental talent up to whatever venue they are having Smackdown and Superstars recordings at, which also lightens WWE management's load to not rush preparing Smackdown, Superstars and NXT for broadcast and/or streaming.
Plus with NXT now prominently featuring FCW talent, this allows the wrestlers to still be near their Tampa training facility while having a more intimate setting to perform at Full Sail as college students in attendance can clearly react to the in-ring abilities of FCW stars.
How do you folks feel about these changes coming to NXT?